Elizabeth Castle Discusses Salt and Light
Sabbath services on July 11, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. There followed a song service led by Laiken (sophomore), Dyaine (sophomore), and Jairit (sophomore), Polina (sophomore), accompanied on the piano by Beth Brandt. The opening song was “You That Know the Lord”. Elizabeth Castle welcomed everyone.
Adiv (sophomore) had prayer and read Matthew 5:13-16 “13 ¶ Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Jairit (sophomore) read a mission story about a person who had challenges regarding the Sabbath and education and employment. Another story involved a person who had missionaries come to the village and was baptized. Then the family started hating him/her. Eventually she married an Adventist and had a child, but her family still hated her. Please pray for her.
Elizabeth Castle then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Matthew (sophomore) and Keonwoo (junior). The offering goes to help students and staff members go on mission trips. Elizabeth Castle had an interactive theme talk on salt and light and had closing prayer. The congregation then became a Sabbath School class taught by Rich Sutton in the church sanctuary.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Elizabeth Castle:
Following are some notes from the lesson study by Rich Sutton:
- 1 Peter 2:9 “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”
- Priests interceded between God and people.
- We are royal because we are sons and daughters of the king.
- 1 John 3:1 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”
- If you have accepted God, you are a part of this chosen priesthood.
- John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
- God has chosen us and ordained that we go forth and bear fruit. Clergy are part of this but are set apart for a particular purpose, which is to train and equip others. But all are called to minister to others.
- Matthew 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 “17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
- We are called to declare God’s praises and virtues and be ambassadors for God. Ambassadors make friends and live in the country they are a witness to. We are to change people’s minds about God with our lives and actions.
- In Matthew 28, we are all commissioned to do this work.
- Ephesians 4:7,8,11,12 “7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
- Matthew 5:14-15 “14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”
- Showing our light is natural if we are Christians. Our purpose must be to remove obstacles to the lighting shining.
- Ellen White says that Jesus mingled with people, showed His sympathy for them, and then called them to follow Him.
- Ellen White says that the true object of life is ministry.
Personnel Other Than Students:
- We are either missionaries or a mission field.
- All of us are adopted into Abraham’s family.
- He was called to leave his family who were idol-worshippers and slept in a tent for the rest of his life.
- The Bible says that Abraham went to 15 different locations in his life and eventually had a thousand people in his household, most of whom he brought to the worship of the true God.
- His faith grew over his lifetime, but he did make some blunders along the way. Hebrews ignores his blunders and emphasizes his faith.
- The mission field is the place where we are.
- Early Christian churches were house and family churches. As a church, we are a mission family.
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who deals with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president